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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: qualified opinion required on BACHMANN DCC 280 starting problem on: January 15, 2012, 03:00:34 PM
I'd also think there is some kind of mech issue,irregardless of possible decoder problems.
I don't have the DCC version,but my DC 2-8-0's will pull over 30 hoppers on the straight & flat with no problem at all.
2  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Chesapeake and Ohio 40' quad hopper on: January 07, 2012, 07:00:51 PM

I think this should answer the question...
3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 4-6-0 Tweeks and Tips (revised) on: June 01, 2011, 12:27:50 PM
Recently got my first ten wheeler and found your assesment "spot-on".
Mine had all the problems you mentioned, and the "fixes" worked fine.
It runs quite well now.
Interestingly,  I have a problem I hadn't heard of yet- on mine, the headlight only lights in reverse...
I used the short USRA tender underframe with a new "bashed' body,
and removed the DCC chip per Bachmann instructions.
(I'm using DC only on this)
The plastic pins used to secure the brass pick-up strips had been so overmelted as to ruin them, leaving the strips near to or falling off.
I went to the trouble of replacing the pins and doing it myself...
All in all it's a nice loco I've wanted for decades, but I'm glad there are people like you around helping trouble shoot the things...
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-6-6-2 with DCC on: April 16, 2010, 03:52:06 PM
Interesting. Thanks very much for the added info.
From what we "know", it looks like (if not certain) batch 2 would have had the USRA (works for me) style truck too.
BR&P construction "batch 3" was 710 to 740, so maybe the truck style changed after 725.
(the photos of 3rd. group locos I looked at with the delta truck were later than 725)
It might be one of the reasons B&O broke this group into 2 sub classes at that point; I'm pretty shy of info from the B&O years so I don't really know. I guess I should try to do something about that.
Would I be correct that the KK4d would be the heavy frame jobs; 741 to 755 then?

In any case, it seems we can do many of these without replacing the trailing truck; for either road.
It doesn't help for the "heavies"; which were (I've read) the only ones the BR&P usually double headed...
So it goes. And hopefully, Model Power will come through with more locos & parts soon.
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-6-6-2 with DCC on: April 13, 2010, 11:21:52 PM
Been looking at my photos of the LL/KK4 class locos & stumbled on something interesting with the trailing truck.
Do you have any pics of the early production locos from the first batch? (700 to 704/7504)
I have good ones of 701 (builders shot) and of B&O 7504 in 1949. Both have trailing trucks that seem to more resemble the one on the C&O H-4 class. (sorry, I don't recall the name of that type)
I have none clearly showing the trailing truck on batch-2 (705 to 709)
All the pics I have of batch-3/4 have the familiar Delta style truck.
My eyes could be tricking me; but could it be that the stock truck is better for at least the first  batch of these locos whether on the BR&P or B&O?
On another note- do you know the Model Power part number & if they still have the Delta style truck?
6  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-6-6-2 with DCC on: April 10, 2010, 10:49:49 AM
The XX class mallets of B.R. & P. RY were 2-8-8-2's, not 2-6-6-2's.
Yes, I'm well aware of that.
It was just a comment in regards to the boiler top air tanks & when they started showing up.
Guess I should have been more specific in my post.
edit-For what it's worth; the LL's got the boiler top tanks in "early" 1929 according to Mike Z's book.
7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-6-6-2 with DCC on: April 09, 2010, 08:42:12 PM
Yah,use the new H-4 for the front cylinders. Sell the vandy to a C&O guy-I hear B'Mann wants a mint for it Shocked
New tender, modify the cab roof, move the pumps etc and some other details should get it pretty close.
Some of us "early" BR&P modellers (half a dozen? Wink)don't need the tanks on the boiler top; those came  later on the LL's.
I don't remember the year anymore. Seems to me they were origional equipment on the XX's though...
Be nice if Bachmann did a BR&P/B&O version for us; there were 55 of them after all...
8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: next run of n scale 2-8-0 consolidations? on: September 18, 2009, 09:07:07 PM
If any help was given. you are welcome.
I haven't started my new layout yet; last one was over 15 years ago.
In the meantime, I run on a club "N-Trak" set-up now & then.
Right now, I'm waiting to see the new version of the 2-6-6-2 when it comes out. It sounds like we both have some time to be patient...

BTW & off-topic-I assumed you are a "Trek" fan from your sign-in?
Got hooked myself in the first run/origional series; way too many years ago... Smiley
9  Discussion Boards / N / Re: next run of n scale 2-8-0 consolidations? on: September 17, 2009, 02:31:18 PM
Understood, "earther" Wink
If it helps any, MB Klein is an old and highly regarded "brick & mortar" hobby shop in Baltimore that also does on-line/mail order sales.
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: next run of n scale 2-8-0 consolidations? on: September 16, 2009, 11:57:00 AM
Do you need a specific roadname, or want to avoid ordering on-line?
(I can understand that)
The first place I checked was MB Klein; they had 3 dozen in stock at a very good price...(as of 11:45 AM)
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